Painted Monasteries of Bucovina

Painted Monasteries of Bucovina

Explore the heritage of Bucovina, a remote province of northeastern Romania. This was once the heartland of the Ashkenazi Jews and today is famous for the beauty of its deep Carpathian forest and its lovely Orthodox monasteries. The painted monasteries of Bucovina – Moldovita, Sucevita, Voronet and Humor – are small structures originally constructed within thick fortress walls. Their 13th to 15th century stone exteriors are frescoed with biblical scenes that served as “painted Bibles” for illiterate peasants seeking sanctuary from the frequent battles that swept the area.

PUBLISHED: July 23, 2013